Guerrilla Named Peace Agent in Colombia Reveals Graves with Thirty Bodies
By Dialogo March 19, 2009A demobilized guerrilla, whom the Colombian government demanded be released to act as “peace agent,” revealed the location in the center of the country of two mass graves containing 30 bodies of victims of the FARC, a judicial source reported. The two graves were located near the towns of Naranjales and San Juan de las Hermosas, in the central department of Tolima, to which forensic teams will be sent to identify the bodies. The areas where these common graves are located were revealed to a specialized inspector by Olivo Saldaña, a leader of the FARC who refused to return to the guerrillas after his arrest, and who offered to provide information in exchange for his release. The zone is located in a mountain region which is believed to be the refuge of Alfonso Cano, who assumed command last May of the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to a source. Saldaña said that “it is impossible to enter by land, because of the strength of Cano’s ring of security in that region,” an anonymous source reported. On March 5th the Colombian government announced the release of Saldaña, whose real name is Raúl Agudelo, and another guerrilla known as “Karina” (Elda Neyis Mosquera), to act as “peace agents,” without specifying their role in this matter. Saldaña, who was in command of the FARC troops for several years in the department of Tolima, is considered a “traitor” by this group.